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:DDDDDDDDDD

God, Wormwood doesn't understand parenting. "You can be my prince and have power and rule things! Here, have the map I covet! Why are you running?"

Here's hoping the way she described Horath as capable of doing so many things means that she can make a portal back to our universe someday. She's awesome and totally deserves to be the Master to Sarah Jane's Doctor. (The Trickster is Davros, maybe?)

Mostly, I just enjoyed the ride. I know making the asshole a Bane cleared some room for the "Homeworld Security" business to go further over the top, but I really think he worked better as a purely human villain. It's the first time I've seen the show back off from reflecting real people, and I'm not sure how I feel. (Frankly, I think they did it to ease resolving that plot, which helps temper things a bit, even though I don't like it.)

Also, why were they all staring at the sky after the portal closed in not-Stonehenge? I can't tell if Lis throwing her arms out like that was at the director's behest, despite the stupid,or if she did it to sort of mock that she was staring at the sky for no reason?

All in all, though, this is still the best series being produced in the Whoverse, and it's nice to know it's the one getting regular seasons while Torchwood has it's miniseries 3 and Who has it's string of specials.
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:DDDDDDDDDD

God, Wormwood doesn't understand parenting. "You can be my prince and have power and rule things! Here, have the map I covet! Why are you running?"

Here's hoping the way she described Horath as capable of doing so many things means that she can make a portal back to our universe someday. She's awesome and totally deserves to be the Master to Sarah Jane's Doctor. (The Trickster is Davros, maybe?)

Mostly, I just enjoyed the ride. I know making the asshole a Bane cleared some room for the "Homeworld Security" business to go further over the top, but I really think he worked better as a purely human villain. It's the first time I've seen the show back off from reflecting real people, and I'm not sure how I feel. (Frankly, I think they did it to ease resolving that plot, which helps temper things a bit, even though I don't like it.)

Also, why were they all staring at the sky after the portal closed in not-Stonehenge? I can't tell if Lis throwing her arms out like that was at the director's behest, despite the stupid,or if she did it to sort of mock that she was staring at the sky for no reason?

All in all, though, this is still the best series being produced in the Whoverse, and it's nice to know it's the one getting regular seasons while Torchwood has it's miniseries 3 and Who has it's string of specials.
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I finally have seen the Brig! I know how much that meant to a lot of people, but I still haven't had the chance to watch through old school Who to get the attachment to him.

If he was totally in character there, though,he's as awesome as I've heard.

AND MRS. WORMWOOD YES. "Luke, I an your mother!" LOL. She's as over the top as ever, and perfect for it.

I knew she was playing Our Heroes, but I just thought she was lying about being a fugitive. I had no idea she really was a fugitive and was working with Kaagh of all people. For a half-hour kids show, there sure has been a hell of a lot of continuity this season. Hell, we're going back to the pilot for this one.

They definitely picked the right enemies to bring back, though - The Trickster and Wormwood both had NEMESIS writ all over them during first appearance. I'm kind of sad Wormwood's Footballer's Wives assistant didn't make repeat appearance - he was pretty.

But man - of course the Bane weren't trying to revive this guy - they don't want domination, they just want dinner. We were even told flat-out earlier in the episode that plotting like that isn't MO for the Bane. Very well-played, show.

Next time: SHOULD BE EPIC
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I finally have seen the Brig! I know how much that meant to a lot of people, but I still haven't had the chance to watch through old school Who to get the attachment to him.

If he was totally in character there, though,he's as awesome as I've heard.

AND MRS. WORMWOOD YES. "Luke, I an your mother!" LOL. She's as over the top as ever, and perfect for it.

I knew she was playing Our Heroes, but I just thought she was lying about being a fugitive. I had no idea she really was a fugitive and was working with Kaagh of all people. For a half-hour kids show, there sure has been a hell of a lot of continuity this season. Hell, we're going back to the pilot for this one.

They definitely picked the right enemies to bring back, though - The Trickster and Wormwood both had NEMESIS writ all over them during first appearance. I'm kind of sad Wormwood's Footballer's Wives assistant didn't make repeat appearance - he was pretty.

But man - of course the Bane weren't trying to revive this guy - they don't want domination, they just want dinner. We were even told flat-out earlier in the episode that plotting like that isn't MO for the Bane. Very well-played, show.

Next time: SHOULD BE EPIC
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THAT WAS AMAZING.

Totally called that it was about Sarah Jane breaking down her resentment and discovering how amazing her parents were.

Also: "Racial minority in the fifties, I know" was both hilarious and really, really depressing. Though it seemed clearly to be Rani laughing so not to cry.

I think I understand why her parents were so plain to start, beyond what I said before. They had to shine that much more when theyher mother figured it out. Which isn't to say that her father didn't shine just as brightly, but clearly Sarah didn't get her brains straight from him - indirectly, maybe, 'cause his sister and all, but not straight from him.

And man, the Trickster is an ass.

But mostly: SO MUCH WIN to the show for explicitly acknowledging that Sarah Jane was incapable of sending her parents to their deaths. Not only is it more real, but it makes the Trickster's defeat that much more scary, because he wasn't wrong. The flaw in his plan wasn't that he misjudged, but that something unexpected got involved.

Which is ironically chaotic, really. Well done, SJA. Have a cookie.

Next up: MRS. WORMWOOD! UNIT! YESSSSSS. (CHEESY BANE CGI LOL)
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THAT WAS AMAZING.

Totally called that it was about Sarah Jane breaking down her resentment and discovering how amazing her parents were.

Also: "Racial minority in the fifties, I know" was both hilarious and really, really depressing. Though it seemed clearly to be Rani laughing so not to cry.

I think I understand why her parents were so plain to start, beyond what I said before. They had to shine that much more when theyher mother figured it out. Which isn't to say that her father didn't shine just as brightly, but clearly Sarah didn't get her brains straight from him - indirectly, maybe, 'cause his sister and all, but not straight from him.

And man, the Trickster is an ass.

But mostly: SO MUCH WIN to the show for explicitly acknowledging that Sarah Jane was incapable of sending her parents to their deaths. Not only is it more real, but it makes the Trickster's defeat that much more scary, because he wasn't wrong. The flaw in his plan wasn't that he misjudged, but that something unexpected got involved.

Which is ironically chaotic, really. Well done, SJA. Have a cookie.

Next up: MRS. WORMWOOD! UNIT! YESSSSSS. (CHEESY BANE CGI LOL)
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On the one hand, it's a bit Father's Day all over again.

On the other hand, it's so damn good, it doesn't matter. And where Father's Day was about tearing down Rose's view of her father, that she might rebuild it both smaller and more magnificent, this seems to be about Sarah Jane facing the resentment she had and replacing it with understanding.

It also continues to show just how warped and human she is, even after all her time with the Doctor. "Why does everything have to be so horrible? After all the time I've spent working for other people, what if this is my reward?" It's so understandable and so, so wrong at the same time. Yes, Sarah Jane is out of her right state, but for this to come out now, it still need to be there, even if infinitessimally, the rest of the time. She's been doing good her whole life, and what did she get of it? Repeatedly possessed, abandoned by the doctor, forced to live alone or give up the life... it's impossible not to feel like there must be something to counter that.

And there is. She got to see the universe, and still sees so much more here on Earth than most. She got her closure with the Doctor. She isn't alone anymore. She has Clyde and Maria and Hot Dad and even Chrissie. She has Luke.

But when faced with having her parents, what does any of that mean? It still means everything, of course, but she's human. She can't see it. And the Trickster knows that, because the Trickster is Chaos. It is everything that doesn't make sense. That's why it's so fucking creepy. It feels vengeance, yes. It feels anger, and it feels wounded pride, for what Sarah Jane did to it before, for having been defeated.

But that's secondary.

What matters is that it has a chance to remove the Sarah Jane Smith, savior of worlds, companion to the Doctor and leader of her children, from the timeline. Yes, the Trickster revels in getting her to do it to herself, but in the end all that matters is that she's out of the way.

The fangs and the eyelessness and the mannerisms creep you out. The motives and lack thereof frighten you. I want to see Moffat write the Trickster.

Well. I'm terrified of Moffat writing the Trickster, actually, but I need to see it happen nonetheless.

And god, Sarah Jane's parents. They're so earnest that you can't help but love them, but at the same time there's something almost pathetic about them. I can't pin it - possibly because I don't have the ties to British history and culture the the audience being written to have, but more likely because it's not meant to be obvious why. It's just a sense that they're a bit plain, I think. They're textbook nice. Sarah Jane would have a pleasant life growing up with them there, ignoring the Trickster, but I get the feeling it would never amount to a terrible lot. Not in a worthless way, just... I don't know, empty?

Next up: POST APOCALYPTIC GOODNESS!
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On the one hand, it's a bit Father's Day all over again.

On the other hand, it's so damn good, it doesn't matter. And where Father's Day was about tearing down Rose's view of her father, that she might rebuild it both smaller and more magnificent, this seems to be about Sarah Jane facing the resentment she had and replacing it with understanding.

It also continues to show just how warped and human she is, even after all her time with the Doctor. "Why does everything have to be so horrible? After all the time I've spent working for other people, what if this is my reward?" It's so understandable and so, so wrong at the same time. Yes, Sarah Jane is out of her right state, but for this to come out now, it still need to be there, even if infinitessimally, the rest of the time. She's been doing good her whole life, and what did she get of it? Repeatedly possessed, abandoned by the doctor, forced to live alone or give up the life... it's impossible not to feel like there must be something to counter that.

And there is. She got to see the universe, and still sees so much more here on Earth than most. She got her closure with the Doctor. She isn't alone anymore. She has Clyde and Maria and Hot Dad and even Chrissie. She has Luke.

But when faced with having her parents, what does any of that mean? It still means everything, of course, but she's human. She can't see it. And the Trickster knows that, because the Trickster is Chaos. It is everything that doesn't make sense. That's why it's so fucking creepy. It feels vengeance, yes. It feels anger, and it feels wounded pride, for what Sarah Jane did to it before, for having been defeated.

But that's secondary.

What matters is that it has a chance to remove the Sarah Jane Smith, savior of worlds, companion to the Doctor and leader of her children, from the timeline. Yes, the Trickster revels in getting her to do it to herself, but in the end all that matters is that she's out of the way.

The fangs and the eyelessness and the mannerisms creep you out. The motives and lack thereof frighten you. I want to see Moffat write the Trickster.

Well. I'm terrified of Moffat writing the Trickster, actually, but I need to see it happen nonetheless.

And god, Sarah Jane's parents. They're so earnest that you can't help but love them, but at the same time there's something almost pathetic about them. I can't pin it - possibly because I don't have the ties to British history and culture the the audience being written to have, but more likely because it's not meant to be obvious why. It's just a sense that they're a bit plain, I think. They're textbook nice. Sarah Jane would have a pleasant life growing up with them there, ignoring the Trickster, but I get the feeling it would never amount to a terrible lot. Not in a worthless way, just... I don't know, empty?

Next up: POST APOCALYPTIC GOODNESS!
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Well. The explanation was decent enough, because the second part made even clearer than the first that this was not about the paranormal part.

This show is exactly what kids need, and it's just as open to moral gray areas as Who ever gets. It's like a primer in relativistic morality. For god's sake, Sarah Jane encouraged Clyde to mindwipe his mother, basically for their own convenience. That's deliciously sick, and something I've been noticing about Sarah Jane the whole series is that she's really... not healthy. It's subtle, but clear, that the time she's spent alone since the doctor has fucked her in the head but good.

On top of all that, Alan hacks into UNIT, no questions, including satellite networks. While hot, but still.

And Clyde's dad seems presented as bad-but-typical. To be upset but not surprised by. As though children should expect people to suck. I mean they do, but damn.

Of all the children's shows I've ever seen, of all the genres and so on, it's this ridiculous little sci-fi spin-off that only gets six hours of airtime a year that presents the most accurate picture of the world I've seen presented to children. I mean, I talk about how much suck they manage to portray, but they get away with some amazing goodness as well. It's just less notable that they do.

Next week: THE TRICKSTER IS BACK FUCK YEAH.
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Well. The explanation was decent enough, because the second part made even clearer than the first that this was not about the paranormal part.

This show is exactly what kids need, and it's just as open to moral gray areas as Who ever gets. It's like a primer in relativistic morality. For god's sake, Sarah Jane encouraged Clyde to mindwipe his mother, basically for their own convenience. That's deliciously sick, and something I've been noticing about Sarah Jane the whole series is that she's really... not healthy. It's subtle, but clear, that the time she's spent alone since the doctor has fucked her in the head but good.

On top of all that, Alan hacks into UNIT, no questions, including satellite networks. While hot, but still.

And Clyde's dad seems presented as bad-but-typical. To be upset but not surprised by. As though children should expect people to suck. I mean they do, but damn.

Of all the children's shows I've ever seen, of all the genres and so on, it's this ridiculous little sci-fi spin-off that only gets six hours of airtime a year that presents the most accurate picture of the world I've seen presented to children. I mean, I talk about how much suck they manage to portray, but they get away with some amazing goodness as well. It's just less notable that they do.

Next week: THE TRICKSTER IS BACK FUCK YEAH.
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Clyde's dad is a dick.

As much as I want to leave the whole writeup as that, I do have to point out that they did an excellent job of writing around Liz Sladen's absence-for-whatever-reason (possibly filming her part at the end of S4 Who).

It's strange, though, that we still don't have any idea what the motiviation of the medallion is, given that it's the antagonist. What does it get from having people go glowy veiny?

We shouldn't have it's full plot at this point, but not knowing at all is borderline. Still, the cliffhanger coming from paranormally enhanced personal drama is a nice change. The writers on this show are actually really good about playing with the form and its bounds.

Now they just need to write for the other shows in their 'verse, and we'll be gold.
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Clyde's dad is a dick.

As much as I want to leave the whole writeup as that, I do have to point out that they did an excellent job of writing around Liz Sladen's absence-for-whatever-reason (possibly filming her part at the end of S4 Who).

It's strange, though, that we still don't have any idea what the motiviation of the medallion is, given that it's the antagonist. What does it get from having people go glowy veiny?

We shouldn't have it's full plot at this point, but not knowing at all is borderline. Still, the cliffhanger coming from paranormally enhanced personal drama is a nice change. The writers on this show are actually really good about playing with the form and its bounds.

Now they just need to write for the other shows in their 'verse, and we'll be gold.
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Mostly predictable, but in a good way. I do like that though this is a children's show, they don't shy away from things - Trueman letting himself turn to dust instead of going back to a life he saw as nothing is an incredibly real, incredibly depressing truth of the world. There are people in that position, and it's nice that they let the line blur about where exactly he became that - that yes, it was his decision, but others helped create the situation in which he decided that.

I'm not a fan of his assistant blaming having given him all her money on the hypnosis. It's a perfectly understandable interpretation of the events for her to have made, but we saw in part one that she as paying mortgage money to Trueman before. The show basically went "HAHAHA, WE'RE MAKING IT HARDER FOR YOU TO LEARN A NECESSARY LESSON, MINOR CHARACTER."

Sarah Jane and Luke's relationship is so adorable and so fucked up. It's amazing.

Gita and Haresh are awesome, but they're not Chrissie and Hot Dad. Stupid GCSEs keeping Maria's actress away...

Next up: Clyde's Dad?
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Mostly predictable, but in a good way. I do like that though this is a children's show, they don't shy away from things - Trueman letting himself turn to dust instead of going back to a life he saw as nothing is an incredibly real, incredibly depressing truth of the world. There are people in that position, and it's nice that they let the line blur about where exactly he became that - that yes, it was his decision, but others helped create the situation in which he decided that.

I'm not a fan of his assistant blaming having given him all her money on the hypnosis. It's a perfectly understandable interpretation of the events for her to have made, but we saw in part one that she as paying mortgage money to Trueman before. The show basically went "HAHAHA, WE'RE MAKING IT HARDER FOR YOU TO LEARN A NECESSARY LESSON, MINOR CHARACTER."

Sarah Jane and Luke's relationship is so adorable and so fucked up. It's amazing.

Gita and Haresh are awesome, but they're not Chrissie and Hot Dad. Stupid GCSEs keeping Maria's actress away...

Next up: Clyde's Dad?
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So, Clyde is suddenly important. Huh. Can't say it's a bad thing, but it'll take some getting used to. Mostly, I think it's that the show's being written more ensemble this year, but still.

Also: HOLY HAM, BATMAN, the actors playing the villains must be having so much fun.

I'm a bit leery that this older white dude has been conscripting black people - with Clyde it's clear it's due to his character's place on the show, but his first assistant? What need was there for her to be black? There's further unfortunate implications with who she was before being brainwashed, especially because her more sensible husband is white. Guess SJA couldn't escape the grand Who-and-Torchwood tradition of unfortunate race wank forever, because it's clear that the production team just didn't realize what they were doing. It's rather minor compared to the fun that is the rest of the episode, though.

Putting the alien fighting team in a position of skepticism in the face of something inexplicable was an awesome choice. As was the "older universe's physics" handwave that let them avoid the "some things can't be explained by science" point that far too many sci-fi shows wind up using at some point. It's amazing how many writers fail to realize that it totally cheats the rules of the world they've set up.

Also: Luke's lack of a birth sign is clearly not going to play into the resolution whatsoever Don't be ridiculous. (Not complaining, mind. It's brilliant setup, really; Luke's angst about it may be bumped up for the episode, but the fact of it has been there since day one.

Looking forward to part two.
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So, Clyde is suddenly important. Huh. Can't say it's a bad thing, but it'll take some getting used to. Mostly, I think it's that the show's being written more ensemble this year, but still.

Also: HOLY HAM, BATMAN, the actors playing the villains must be having so much fun.

I'm a bit leery that this older white dude has been conscripting black people - with Clyde it's clear it's due to his character's place on the show, but his first assistant? What need was there for her to be black? There's further unfortunate implications with who she was before being brainwashed, especially because her more sensible husband is white. Guess SJA couldn't escape the grand Who-and-Torchwood tradition of unfortunate race wank forever, because it's clear that the production team just didn't realize what they were doing. It's rather minor compared to the fun that is the rest of the episode, though.

Putting the alien fighting team in a position of skepticism in the face of something inexplicable was an awesome choice. As was the "older universe's physics" handwave that let them avoid the "some things can't be explained by science" point that far too many sci-fi shows wind up using at some point. It's amazing how many writers fail to realize that it totally cheats the rules of the world they've set up.

Also: Luke's lack of a birth sign is clearly not going to play into the resolution whatsoever Don't be ridiculous. (Not complaining, mind. It's brilliant setup, really; Luke's angst about it may be bumped up for the episode, but the fact of it has been there since day one.

Looking forward to part two.
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That was a bit of a letdown. Kind of turned into From Out of the Rain with slightly more plot.

In retrospect, I should have realized that part one really wasn't headed anywhere, but OMG CLOWNS.

And then part two didn't rely so much on clowns, because surely by this point the plot was creating tension, only... there wasn't one. Being that feeds on fear is old hat/ Tying this'un in with the Pied Piper was a good start, but it turned too one-note. Yes, dtealing children causes mass panic, and yes, Sarah Jane is very attached to Luke, but in it's dying last grasp at power, a being that feeds on fear should start branching out into more than just OMG CLOWNS and child snatching, primal fears though those be.

In short: Pennywise did it better, and I've never even seen/read all of IT.

But still better'n Torchwood most days, even improved as its second season was.
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That was a bit of a letdown. Kind of turned into From Out of the Rain with slightly more plot.

In retrospect, I should have realized that part one really wasn't headed anywhere, but OMG CLOWNS.

And then part two didn't rely so much on clowns, because surely by this point the plot was creating tension, only... there wasn't one. Being that feeds on fear is old hat/ Tying this'un in with the Pied Piper was a good start, but it turned too one-note. Yes, dtealing children causes mass panic, and yes, Sarah Jane is very attached to Luke, but in it's dying last grasp at power, a being that feeds on fear should start branching out into more than just OMG CLOWNS and child snatching, primal fears though those be.

In short: Pennywise did it better, and I've never even seen/read all of IT.

But still better'n Torchwood most days, even improved as its second season was.
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OH GOD CLOWN.

OH GOD SUDDEN UNEXPECTED CLOWN.

OH GOD SUDDEN UNEXPECTED CLOWN WITH FANGS.

WOW RANI'S HOT. (Thank god I happened upon her actress being legal even though the character isn't before seeing her. I mean, she's a she, so it's not like her being legal even matters, but it helps make things less awkward.)

CLOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWN.

Rani's mom is in no way Chrissie, writers, so please stop trying.

Pied Piper? Really? This needs spin. It seems next week will provi-

MANY CLOWNS OHGOD. AND THEY'RE JUST STANDING THERE, OBVIOUSLY ABOUT TO MOVE BECAUSE THEY ARE REAL ACTORS BUT THEY'RE JUST WAITING AND OHGOD.

At least Luke is reacting more to Maria leaving, even if he is being a hormonal idiot about it. Clyde's stupid too, though, because Luke clearly never fancied Maria. Quite possibly Rani, though. (And she quite possibly in return. You call a boy weird and then admit you're into weird not three minutes later? You don't say...)

Next week: OH GOD MORE CLOWNS
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OH GOD CLOWN.

OH GOD SUDDEN UNEXPECTED CLOWN.

OH GOD SUDDEN UNEXPECTED CLOWN WITH FANGS.

WOW RANI'S HOT. (Thank god I happened upon her actress being legal even though the character isn't before seeing her. I mean, she's a she, so it's not like her being legal even matters, but it helps make things less awkward.)

CLOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWN.

Rani's mom is in no way Chrissie, writers, so please stop trying.

Pied Piper? Really? This needs spin. It seems next week will provi-

MANY CLOWNS OHGOD. AND THEY'RE JUST STANDING THERE, OBVIOUSLY ABOUT TO MOVE BECAUSE THEY ARE REAL ACTORS BUT THEY'RE JUST WAITING AND OHGOD.

At least Luke is reacting more to Maria leaving, even if he is being a hormonal idiot about it. Clyde's stupid too, though, because Luke clearly never fancied Maria. Quite possibly Rani, though. (And she quite possibly in return. You call a boy weird and then admit you're into weird not three minutes later? You don't say...)

Next week: OH GOD MORE CLOWNS

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